Circus Life

Hey You! Today I want to tell you about a new skill I’ve been trying to learn. If you are an Advanced Teen, you already know, that I try and commit myself to get up every hour and move around for a brain break. By doing so it helps me focus on living in the present and refreshes my brain for the tasks at hand. Throughout quarantine I have found myself stuck at my desk, doing work, wanting to do something fun during my brain breaks. So, like any other average teen I turned to look at the circus.

During quarantine my favorite, fun brain break has been learning how to juggle. Trust me, I know how it sounds. We won’t even mention that I want to learn how to unicycle and love trapezing either. But as unusual and strange as all this sounds – like I want to run off and join the circus – it’s incredibly awarding and beneficial as it is fun. Not to mention, it’s a great party trick that will leave your friends in awe.

One of my favorite benefits of juggling, is that people who juggle quite literally, have bigger brains. Juggling boosts brain development by increasing the growth of neural connections related to memory, focus, movement, and vision. How cool is that! There’s also been multiple scientific studies on how juggling-exposure therapy reduces anxiety, depression and PTSD – as it’s a form of moving meditation and helps you stay focused on the present, your surroundings and yourself. As Advanced Teens, we are all lifelong learners and love challenges, so I recommend you give juggling a try. Not to be perfect at it, but just for it to be a fun way to step away from your homework for a few minutes.

My Juggling Tips:

  • Start with balled up socks first, so when you drop them they won’t roll away.
  • Keep your arms at a 90-degree angle and your elbows close to your sides.
  • Begin with two balled up socks and focus on switching them in the air.
  • When you throw each “ball” focus on an imaginary point between your hands at your eye level. It’s not about the catch it’s about the throw.
  • Listen to the beat which you are throwing and catching, if you catch a ball too soon, that means you’re throwing one ball higher than another.
  • Don’t be afraid of failure, remember your intention for trying this new skill – learning for fun
  • Laugh when you mess up miserably because it’s hilarious

If you need more help, here is the video that I watched to help me learn. Remember, to just have fun with it. If you have siblings, try and have a juggling contest to see who can juggle the most balls. Juggling or any other silly skill is meant to help get you out of your comfort zone, which is a good thing because outside of your comfort zone is where you grow and learn. None of that can happen in the comfort of your own bubble. If you try juggling out, leave a comment down below and let me know how it went. Remember to subscribe to our Newsletter to be notified when new features and products are available. Thank you for supporting me through this new journey to help ordinary teens become extraordinary people, leaders and inspirations.

With Love and Gratitude,

Maddie White

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